Steven C. Beardsley

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Rapid City, SD

Beardsley, Jensen & Lee, PLLC
 | 4200 Beach Drive, Suite 3, PO Box 9579
Rapid City, SD 57709
Phone: 605-939-3630
Fax: 605-721-2801
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    An accomplished civil trial attorney, Steven C. Beardsley is a partner at Beardsley Jensen & Lee. From the firm's office in Rapid City, South Dakota, he provides representation to people and companies throughout the state and neighboring regions. A large part of Mr. Beardsley's practice is centered on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, including cases arising out of incidents involving motor vehicle crashes, defective products, premises liability and workplace accidents. He has provided representation to both plaintiffs and defendants in these types of matters.

    Mr. Beardsley also has an active business and commercial trial practice, encompassing cases involving noncompete agreements, wrongful termination and antitrust. His real estate experience includes the enforcement of finder's fee agreements, and he has handled several construction defect and fraud lawsuits. In addition, Mr. Beardsley has provided defense representation to insurance companies who are being sued for bad faith and other coverage issues. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals for his successes in all of his practice areas, he has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

    A South Dakota native, Mr. Beardsley attended South Dakota State University as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Science in 1975. He then pursued his legal education at the University of South Dakota School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1978. Admitted to practice in South Dakota, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 8th, 9th and Federal Circuits. Mr. Beardsley is an active participant in several American Bar Association committees, and his other memberships include the American Association for Justice.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 60%Personal Injury - General
    • 20%Personal Injury - General
    • 20%Personal Injury - Products
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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    About Steven Beardsley

    Admitted: 1978, South Dakota

    Professional Webpage: http://www.blackhillslaw.com/our-team/steven-c-beardsley/

    Honors/Awards:

    •  “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Products General Liability and Consumer Law Committee
    • South Dakota Trial Lawyers of America, Board of Governors, 1992 to 1994
    • Toxic, Hazardous Substance and Environmental Law Committee
    • Tech Commission
    • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Chairman, Membership, 1991
    • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, Alternative Resolution Dispute
    • Tort and Insurance Practice Section
    • Black Hills Criminal Defense Bar, Member
    • Criminal Justice Committee
    • Litigation Committee Trial
    • Negligence & Tort Law Committee, State Bar of South Dakota
    • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, Products Liability
    • American Bar Association, 1978- Present
    • Black Hills Claims Association, Member
    • Automobile Law Committee
    • South Dakota Trial Lawyers of America, Board of Governors, 2008-2010
    • Tort and Insurance Practice Committee
    • Worker’s Compensation Committee, State Bar of South Dakota
    • American Association for Justice
    • National Institute for Trial Advocacy Advocates Association, Member

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Webb v. Douglas County, 224 Fed.Appx. 647 (9th Cir. 2007)
    • Hensley v. HD Electric Co., U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 98-5067
    • Winters v. Northwestern Nat’l Casualty Co., 838 F.Supp. 440 (D.S.D. 1993)
    • Ackley v. Mid-Century Ins. Co., U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 5:03-cv-05078-AWB
    • Madison v. Meza, 7th Judicial Circuit, Pennington County Court, File No. 07-209
    • Lund v. Lombard Securities Inc., U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 07-5055
    • Bedney v. Quest Communications, 7th Judicial Circuit, Pennington County Court, File No. 98-868
    • Karas v. American Family Insurance Co., Inc., 33 F.3d 995 (8th Cir. 1994)
    • Brown v. Black Hills Federal Credit Union, U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 5:03-cv-05046-KES
    • Kahle v. Leonard, 563 F.3d 736 (8th Cir. 2009)
    • Kahle v. Leonard, 477 F.3d 544 (8th Cir. 2007)
    • Roden v. General Casualty Co. of Wisconsin, 671 N.W.2d 622 (S.D. 2003)
    • Richards v. Lenz, 539 N.W.2d 80 (S.D. 1995)
    • Hansen v. U.S.A., U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, File No. 5:02-cv-05101-KES
    • Corcoran v. McCarthy, 7th Judicial Circuit, Pennington County Court, File No. 06-1263

    Educational Background:

    • South Dakota State University, Bachelor of Science, 1975
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    Office Location for Steven C. Beardsley

    4200 Beach Drive, Suite 3
    PO Box 9579
    Rapid City, SD 57709

    Phone: 605-939-3630

    Fax: 605-721-2801

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    Last Updated: 3/4/2020

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